Spanish town marches for peace after youth's death

January 22, 2011 16:06

MADRID  — Some 3,000 people have taken part in a silent march in a northeastern Spanish town to protest outbreaks of violence after a Moroccan youth fell from a fifth-floor apartment window while being chased by police.

The demonstration Saturday in Salt was called by political parties and immigrant organizations. Participants carried banners calling for calm in the town.Gangs went on a rampage last week after the youth was hospitalized. Police were pursuing him to question him about a stolen motorbike. He died on Thursday.

Hours before the march, police arrested three youths of different nationalities for setting fire to two cars in the town

Some 40 percent of Salt's population of 30,000 people are immigrants, four times the national average.

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